Samsung’s Galaxy A52, A52 5G, and A72 smartphones launched in 2021, combining affordability, an optical image-stabilized 64MP camera system, and a high refresh-rate screen with a low price. The phones were favorably appreciated since they condensed some of the best Galaxy S21 features into a more cheap form. The Galaxy A53 5G is now official, and with the same starting price, Samsung’s latest powerful mid-ranger is looking very promising.
The Galaxy A53 5G, which will be released alongside the Galaxy A33 5G, has the same processing power and many of the same specifications as the Galaxy A33 5G, but it has a better camera system and display. While you can get more for less from brands known for their exceptional value like Xiaomi, it’s interesting to see Samsung reduce its traditionally expensive cost.
The Galaxy A53 5G comes equipped with an Exynos 5nm CPU, an under-display fingerprint scanner, a massive 5000mAh battery, and a quad-camera system. With a crisp 120Hz screen and Samsung’s dependable One UI 4 interface, this might easily become the new midrange phone to beat.
The Galaxy A53 is a mid-range contender that has the basics right and even offers a few extras, fitting midway between the cheapest phones that make too many compromises on the one hand and premium flagship smartphones on the other.
But, given that the Galaxy A52 model did the same thing last year, and this new one appears to be strikingly identical, what are the distinctions Samsung brings to the table and is this new A series phone worth it?
Design and display
Samsung seems to be doing a fantastic job of maintaining a consistent design aesthetic across all of its phones, and while the A53 5G doesn’t have the same high-quality materials as the Galaxy S22, it still feels like a Samsung device.
The phone’s rear camera module is clearly inspired by the S22 and S22 Plus since it blends in perfectly with the handset’s chassis. Its color is also consistent with the rest of the phone, allowing the camera to blend in with the rest of the device.
This is a $499 phone, after all, and it lacks the high-end Samsung quality. To be sure, it’s well-made, but it lacks the heaviness of metal and glass-backed device.
It’s a light phone, weighing only 189 grams. This is especially true when you consider the 6.5-inch display, which makes it very big.
Despite this, the back of the phone feels solid and durable, and it has IP67 water and dust resistance for protection against accidental spills and splashes. At this price, the latter is generally left out, so it’s fantastic to see Samsung include it.
There’s a USB-C port on the bottom, and Gorilla Glass 5 protects the front display, which is a pleasant touch that’s typically lacking on sub-$500 smartphones. A microSD card slot is also available.
The screen carries on the A53 5G’s good trend by offering features I didn’t expect to see. The 6.5-inch display features OLED technology for more vibrant colors and deeper blacks, and it looks fantastic. The screen brightness of 800 nits is also noteworthy, with the screen functioning well outside under the sun.
The screen also has an adjustable refresh rate that can reach 120Hz while scaling down to save battery life. The refresh rate range was not confirmed by Samsung, but having a display with these capabilities at $499 makes the A53 5G stand out. Particularly in comparison to the iPhone SE 2022, which is not only more expensive but also has a 60Hz LCD panel.
The sort of front camera cutout on the Galaxy A53 5G and the Galaxy A33 5G is one of the few changes between the two devices. Rather than the wider notch on the A33 5G, the camera on the A53 5G is located within a small circular hole called Infinity-O.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G: Camera
The Exynos 1280 chipset, which is based on the highly efficient 5nm architecture, is at the heart of the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G. Because this is a brand-new chip that will be included with this device, I’m not sure how it will compare to MediaTek’s mid-range chips.
During a pre-launch conference, Samsung highlighted the chip’s capabilities. The improved neural processing unit was one of the chip’s highlights, according to Samsung. Much of the phone’s AI capabilities, particularly in the camera, will be powered by this. Improved Night mode, Portrait mode, and Portrait lighting should be among the improvements.
A 64MP main camera with OIS and an f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP fixed-focus ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 lens, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 5MP fixed-focus macro camera make up the Galaxy A53’s quad-camera configuration.
Some of Samsung’s Snapchat upgrades, which were first released in the S22 series, are also included in the 2022 A-series phones, increasing the quality of photographs taken within the app. This means you can use Samsung’s sophisticated picture processing within Snapchat to create higher-quality snaps.
Night Mode isn’t always included in Samsung’s mid-range phones, but it is on the Galaxy A53 5G, which also has an improved portrait mode. High-key, Low-key, Backdrop changer, and Color pop effects are among the new studio lighting effects added to the range.
Performance & battery
The Galaxy A53 is equipped with a large 5,000mAh battery which Samsung claims would last up to two days.
Fast charging is also supported, with the Galaxy A53 being able to recharge 50% of its battery in 30 minutes using a 25W SuperCharger. That isn’t the fastest charging we’ve seen, so if you need to top up faster, you may want to look elsewhere, but 50% in half an hour is still a terrific deal.
Samsung’s Exynos 1280 processor powers the Galaxy A53, making it the first 5nm chipset to make its way into an A series handset. This should result in improved performance and energy efficiency.
In comparison to the previous generation chip, Samsung claims that the Exynos improves AI performance by 31%, GPU performance by 43%, and CPU performance by 18%.
It implies the Galaxy A53 should be capable of handling high-end gaming and resource-intensive apps, though we weren’t able to put this to the test during our short time with the phone.
This is backed up with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which should suffice for most programs, games, photographs, and other media.
The A53, on the other hand, can accommodate users who demand additional storage, despite the fact that 128GB is the only internal storage option. Samsung has integrated a microSD card slot that can hold up to 1TB of data.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 also has RAM Plus, which Samsung claims would improve multitasking. It lets you choose a portion of your internal storage to use as virtual memory in order to boost app performance.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G runs One UI 4.1, which is based on Android 12. This is the same software that debuted on the Galaxy S22 series and is now being rolled out to a number of other Samsung phones.
|Announced Date||17th March 2022|
|Release Date||April 2022|
|Water-Resistant||IP67 dust/water resistant|
|Dimensions||159.6 x 74.8 x 8.1 mm|
|Display Size & Type||6.5 inches super AMOLED|
120Hz refresh rate
800 nits peak brightness
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2400 pixels|
|Pixel Density||405 PPI|
|Software||Android 12, One UI 4.1|
|Chipset||Exynos 1280 (5nm)|
Supports SDCard slot
|=>64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.7X”, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS|
=>12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚ (ultrawide), 1.12µm
=>5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
=>5 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Supports [email protected], [email protected]/60fps; gyro-EIS video recording
|32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm|
Supports [email protected], [email protected] video recording
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||No|
|Network||2G, 3G, 4G, 5G|
Supports Dual nano-SIM
|Connectivity||GSM, GPS, BT 5.2, Hotspot,|
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC, Radio
|Battery||-Non-Removable Li-Po 5000 mAh|
-USB: USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
-Fast battery charging: Yes (25 W)
-Wireless Charging: No
|Colors||Black, White, Blue, Peach|
|Price||Starts at $499|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G price in Nigeria and availability
The Samsung Galaxy A53 will be available on April 1st in the UK. The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G costs $449.99 / £399 / $799 Australian dollars. That buys you the 6GB RAM/128GB storage model, which is the only one Samsung is selling in the UK and Australia.
If you want to be the proud owner, you have to wait for a little before it reaches Nigeria. We estimate its price to be around N280,000 – N300,000 when it is available in Nigeria. WE WILL UPDATE YOU WHEN IT IS AVAILABLE. BUT MAKE SURE YOU SUBSCRIBE.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G doesn’t offer any standout features that would make it worthwhile to upgrade from the Galaxy A52 5G, but I don’t expect many buyers to do so. Rather, Samsung appears to have tweaked its already impressive mid-range smartphone specifically for those who do not own the A52 5G.
The Galaxy A53 5G appears to be a safe pick for anyone looking for a premium smartphone experience without needing to buy the latest and greatest flagship phone. With the tough competition from Realme, Redmi, and Xiaomi in recent years, Samsung has had to step up its game in terms of value. With the Galaxy A52 5G, it got off to a strong start, and the A53 5G appears to be another triumph.